The Indian Air Force came in for a surprise today as the Nobel Foundation in Sweden nominated the Mig 21 for the Peace Prize in 2012, shortly after announcing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman as winners for 2011. In a press release, the Nobel Foundation states “We would like
to appreciate the role of the IAF Mig-21 which is the most prominent aircraft to reject the notion of war by deciding to crash in entirety before any conflict arises, thus saving thousands of innocent lives. Unlike Barack Obama who was given the prize despite being at war with two countries, the Mig 21 is only at war with its inability to survive a flight.”
Indian defence analysts however were not amused. “This seems like an attempt by the Scandinavians to mock the equipment levels of the Indian Air Force. They are probably still peeved that the SAAB Gripen got rejected by the IAF for the 126 MMRCA fighter contract, and they’re using the Nobel Foundation as a front to publicly humiliate us. If they really had to award an Indian institution why not the DRDO which till date hasn’t made a defence product that works? Or why not Narendra Modi, whose fans would have you believe that the recently concluded Sadbhavna yatra is the biggest thing since the Dandi March?”
Left wing groups have called the announcement an imperialist conspiracy to destabalise India. Rita Menon, a prominent social activist who issues a lot of press releases that media houses throw in the trashcan without even looking said, “This is nothing but a technique for Scandinavians to penetrate the burgeoning Indian market like the white people who wanted to organize Miss World in 2006. India hasn’t given a shit about the Peace Prize ever since Gandhi didn’t get one. Mark my words, in five years they will get desperate and nominate Aamir Khan for building inter-faith peace and harmony”.